Conformational anti-cytochrome P4502E1 (CYP2E1) auto-antibodies contribute to necro-inflammatory injury in chronic hepatitis C

Department of Medical Sciences and Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Autoimmune Diseases (IRCAD), University Amedeo Avogadro of East Piedmont, Novara, Italy.
Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Impact Factor: 3.91). 10/2010; 17(10):685-90. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2893.2010.01359.x
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Circulating auto-antibodies against cytochrome P4502E1 (CYP2E1) have been observed in a significant fraction of patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). This study investigated the clinical significance of these auto-antibodies in relation to their antigen specificity. The presence of anti-CYP2E1 IgG was investigated in 137 consecutive patients with biopsy-proven CHC. Anti-CYP2E1 IgG above control threshold levels was detected in 52 (38%) subjects. By combined immunoprecipitation and western blotting, we observed that among anti-CYP2E1 IgG-positive sera, 23 (44%) were unreactive towards denaturated CYP2E1, indicating a prevalent recognition of conformational CYP2E1 antigens. Conformational anti-CYP2E1 auto-antibodies were unrelated to circulating gamma-globulins, alcohol intake or infection by specific HCV genotypes. The presence of anti-CYP2E1 auto-antibodies was associated with an 11-fold (OR 10.9 95%CI 1.4-86.6 P = 0.008) increased prevalence of necro-inflammatory grading ≥ 4 (Ishack's criteria) and 4-fold (OR 4.0; 95%CI 1.3-11-7: P = 0.014) increased prevalence of fibrosis staging ≥ 2, respectively. Multivariate analysis confirmed conformational anti-CYP2E1 IgG (P = 0.005) and age (P = 0.033) as independent predictors of necro-inflammatory grading ≥ 4. The development of anti-CYP2E1 auto-antibodies targeting conformational CYP2E1 epitopes is associated with more severe liver damage in CHC.

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    • "From the clinical point of view, anti-CYP2E1 auto-antibodies in CHC are associated with a 11 fold increase in the prevalence of severe necro-inflammation (grading Z4 according to Ishack's criteria) and 4 fold increased risk of fibrosis. Moreover, multivariate analysis indicates anti-CYP2E1 IgG as an independent predictors of severe necro-inflammation in hepatitis C [49] [50]. A further aspect of the involvement of anti-CYP2E1 auto-reactivity in CHC concerns the outcomes of the disease following liver transplantation. "
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